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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Kangaroo & Company, Baby Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

I grabbed my new "Kangaroo & Company" stamp and thought I'd make a baby card today. I was looking at my stash of cards and found a few categories that are either empty or very low. I found this card here. I didn't copy it exactly, I used different colors because I didn't want to commit to pink or blue. And I used a different texture too.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of the Purple Posy card stock that was textured using the "Old World Paper" embossing folder. I did texture a 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" piece before I cut it. Sometimes the piece is a bit smaller because of the texturing. So I just play it safe and texture first and then cut to size. I used glue to set the piece in place.  I don't always have good luck with the tape sticking because there's not enough contact surfaces and I didn't want to use a lot of tape.  Glue is cheaper and does a better job for me.

I also cut a 5-1/4" x 1-1/2" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Hydrangea Hill" 12" x 12" package. I also glued this piece in place.

I die cut the largest "Stitched Circle" die using Purple Posy cards stock and I die cut a scalloped circle using a piece of Whisper White card stock.  

I stamped the Kangaroo and the baby on a piece of Whisper White card stock and then I fussy cut them out.  It is common practice for me to put a rubber band or large hair band around my sets that have matching dies. I had put the die for this set around a word set. Don't ask why. But after I got all done cutting I saw the word set and wondered why it had a rubber band around it and there was the matching dies for the "Kangaroo & Company" set.  DUH!!!  Oh well, now I know.  See what happens when you buy too many sets (or when you get old). Let's just go with the too many sets, okay?  LOL  

I colored the kangaroos in using the light Crumb Cake Blends pen. I did not color the front of the larger Kangaroo. Then I took the dark Crumb Cake Blends pen and colored in some darker areas. Then I came back with the light pen and went over the dark areas to blend the colors and soften the line between the light and dark.  And if you color over your light area with the light again it will get a little darker too. I colored the ears with the light Flirty Flamingo Blends pen. I did color over that area with the light Crumb Cake to it muted the pink a bit. I also took my Basic Black marker and drew in some eyelashes. I just thought they needed some. Not as cute as I thought it would be.  Note to self: don't make eyelashes next time! LOL

I taped the little half kangaroo into the pocket of the larger one. I had cut a slit for the pocket with my craft knife. I set this piece on top of the Purple Posy circle to see where the words needed to go. The words are from the same set and I stamped them using black Memento ink.

Next I taped the kangaroos on the circle and the circle was taped to the scalloped Whisper White circle. I added Dimensionals to the back and before I set it in place I cut a piece of Whisper White ribbon that was about 5" long. I folded it in half and taped it in the middle to stay.  Then I taped it to the front of the card making sure that the bottom part of the ribbon would show about 1-1/2".  I set the circle in place over the ribbon and the card was done.

This was a fun card to make and it will be even more fun the next time I use it because I have the dies that will save me some time and frustration!!!  

Thank you SO much for taking your time to stop by today and have a look,
Wanda

Monday, January 25, 2021

A Touch of Ink, Thinking of You Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

Today's card was made using the 2021 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration set "A Touch of Ink".  It is a fun and versatile stamp set to play with.

I like this layout and I was hoping to use the new "Stitched Triangle" dies that I bought a while back but the largest one wasn't quite large enough for my card so I had to make my own. I'll explain how a bit later.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Highland Heather card stock.  I taped a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside.  Sometimes I like to wait until the card is all done to add it but lately I have been adding it right away so when I'm done with the front, I'm done with the card. A psychological game!  LOL

I taped a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the front of the card. Then I cut a 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Hydrangea Hill" 12" x 12" package. I taped that on top of the Whisper White piece.

I took a piece of copier paper 3-1/8" x 4-3/4" and I folded it in half the long way. I took this piece to my paper cutter and cut from corner to corner. Now I had my triangle. I set this piece on top of another piece of DSP from the same "Hydrangea Hill" pack and lined up one of the longs sides along the DSP and I lightly traced the other two sides. You could cut the DSP to 3-1/8" x 4-3/4" to make the triangle but I didn't want to since my DSP was in a gift pack for placing an order from Terri Gaines. I got several half-sheets of coordinating card stock and a 4" x 6" piece of each of the designs in the "Hydrangea Hills" pack.  So I wanted to make sure I didn't waste any of it in case I need that design for a future card.  It's very pretty paper and I'm seriously thinking about ordering a pack just to use it on cards with large words added on top.  Anyway, after getting my triangle cut I taped it in place on the front of the card.

The butterfly is from the "Touch of Ink" set and I stamped it using black Memento ink.  Then I used the step 2 stamp to color in the wings. I used Highland Heather ink to color them in.

I stamped the leaves using Mossy Meadow ink and then used the step 2 stamp to color in them in. I had already grabbed my light Old Olive Blends pen and sat down at my worktable to color and I remembered that the leaves have 2 step stamping too.Every image in the set does.  So I inked up the leaves with Old Olive and I stamped them on top of the defined leaves and the leaves were done. Super quick and pretty too! When I stamped the leaves I made sure they were very close to the butterfly because I wanted to get as much of the leaves in the circle as possible.

I took my largest "Stitched Circle" die and cut out the butterfly and leaves. I set the circle in place on top of the card using Dimensionals.

Then I stamped the words from the same set using black Memento ink. I die cut them with the smallest scalloped circle die. I added Dimensionals to the right side of the circle and some tape to the left side. I set the words in place and the card was done! So quick, easy and pretty too!

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by today and have a look,                                      Wanda

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Butterfly Gala, Flower & Field, Thank You Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

Today I needed to make a quick card because my time was limited. I was playing with the granddaughters today and I didn't plan to make a card ahead of time. So I need to get a card posted quickly on here before the deadline. But I didn't want a card that looked like I just threw one together because I didn't have a lot of time to stamp. I found this card on Pinterest.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Bermuda Bay card stock. This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left. 

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of the dotted Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Flower & Field" 12" x 12" package. I really like all the images in this pack. Well, not all of them. The dotted piece is pretty but I didn't care much for the images on the other side but it worked out because I won't have to feel sad when I have to decide which side to use.  That worked out well! LOL

I cut a piece of Bermuda Bay card stock that measures 4" x 3-1/4".  Then I cut a piece of the DSP from the same "Flower & Field" pack at 3" x 3-7/8".  I cut the piece into 3 one inch strips that are 3-7/8" long each. I taped the strips to the card stock.

The words are from the "Butterfly Gala" and were stamped using black Memento ink. I used the second smallest long rectangle from the "Rectangle Stitches" Framelets dies package.  

I taped the three 1" strip to the Bermuda Bay piece and I set that piece in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals.  I lined up the two sides and top and left the bottom wider.

I taped the words to the front on top of the strips. I didn't tape on the far right side because I didn't want it to stick to the dotted DSP.

The bow is a retired piece of Bermuda Bay ribbon. I glued it in place. I have had problems with them getting caught in the envelope and then coming off. When they are glued they don't seem to come off as easy. 

Wouldn't this make a pretty Mother's Day card or a birthday card, or a thank you card, or even a sympathy card.

I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White to the inside of the card and it was done.  I think it's very pretty and it was a super quick and easy card to make.

Thank you SO very much for taking the time to stop by today and have a look,                                      Wanda

Saturday, January 23, 2021

A Touch of Ink, Thinking of You Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

I had to play with the "A Touch of Ink" one more time before I move onto another stamp set. I am really liking this set. There's a few more images in it that I have to give a try to some other time. I found this card on Pinterest. You can see the original here.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Misty Moonlight card stock. This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left. The original card opens at the bottom. I had a half-sheet of it already cut so I used what I had.

I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Flowers & Field" 12" x 12" package.  There's SO many pretty papers in that pack. I have a feeling it might be one of those packs that may get used up.  That doesn't happen very often.  I also cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of copier paper to tape the DSP to so it was more firm to tie the twine.

I tied some white Baker's twine around the DSP three times and I died a bow. I moved the bow way over to the right side. I didn't have the same Baker's twine, I just used what I have.

The butterfly was stamped on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock.  I used black Memento ink to stamp it. Then I used the second step stamp and Misty Moonlight ink. My ink is a lot darker than the original card. I think it might be because my ink pad was pretty juicy.  But it's still pretty.

I die cut the butterfly using the largest "Stitched Circle" die. I moved the die so it was very close to the left side of the butterfly. I needed to make sure I had room for the words.

The words are from the same "A Touch of Ink" set and were stamped using black Memento ink. I used "thinking of you" and the original card used "hello friend".  

I added three crystal rhinestones and then set the circle in place using Dimensionals.  

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock on the inside and the card was done.

This card is SO pretty! It would also be a pretty get well card, Mother's Day card, thank you card, birthday card, wedding card, and even a nice sympathy card.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time today to stop by and have a look,                                      Wanda

Friday, January 22, 2021

A Touch of Ink, Thinking of You Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

I had chose the "A Touch of Ink" set because I like the two stamping method, but I didn't use that here. I am sure I will be using it on future cards but today I just thought I'd use the Blends pens.  They are my most favorite way of coloring.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.

I took a 4" x 5-1/2" piece of Whisper White and I textured it using the "Subtle" embossing folder.  Then I cut it at 5-1/4".  I cut a 1-1/4" strip and a 1-3/4" strip.

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) is from the "Ice Cream Corner" 12" x 12" pack. I cut a 1-1/2" x 5-1/4" strip. You can cut yours smaller if you want, I just wanted to make sure I got the colors in the viewing area.

I set the DSP down on my card front first and then the two textured strips so I could see where the DSP needed to be moved to get the best view.  I taped the DSP down and then the panels were set in place using Dimensionals. 

The flower is from the "A Touch of Ink" set and were stamped using black Memento ink.  I colored in the leaves using Old Olive Blends and the flower was colored in using the Pool Party Blends. The DSP package read that one of the colors in the set was Bermuda Bay and that may be one of the colors in the background but it was too dark to color the flower in with. I was going to use a Blender pen and marker but that is just too much work and besides, my Blender pens are not as juicy as I'd like them to be and I didn't have time to refill them. Which I should do after I'm done posting this so they are ready the next time I need them.

So after coloring the flowers and leaves, I die cut them using the second largest "Stitched Oval" die.  Then I die cut a scalloped oval die that was just a little bit larger.  I taped those two pieces together.

The words are from the same set and were stamped using black Memento ink. I die cut them using the smallest "Stitched Circle" and then I die cut an Old Olive scalloped oval just a little bit larger. I had a scrap piece but I could have used the center of the scalloped oval to die cut one, there was plenty of room to make that happen. Just a little FYI for you there. I taped the circles together.

I had taped the oval to the front of the card but it wasn't sticking very well because of the texture of the panels and the center was open so there wasn't a lot of contact space. I ended up gluing it on. I just added glue to the sides and set it in place. 

For the circle, I glued it too but I did cut two small 1/4" x 1/4" (maybe smaller than that) pieces of Old Olive scrap and I taped them together. I did trim them so they were more even on each side. I taped it to the circle where it touched the panel. Then I glued the circle in place on top of the oval and the panel. I needed to make that double layer square because I didn't want the circle to droop and using a Dimensional would make it stick up too high.  And once the words were on the card was done.

This was a very quick and easy card to make. And like I said, the next time I use the flower I will give the two step stamping a try!!!

Thank you SO much for taking your time today to stop by and have a look,                                            Wanda

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Oh Snap, Irish Blessing, Just for Fun Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

I have had this frog poem/blessing sitting on my worktable for a long time and when I saw the frog in the "Oh Snap" set I thought I could work it into a card and this is what I came up with.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Granny Apple Green card stock. This card opens on the bottom and the fold is on the top.

I took a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock and I taped it to the card base.

I cut a 4-3/4" x 3-1/2" piece of Mossy Meadow card stock and a 4-5/8" x 3-3/8" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from a retired pack of card stock (Toil & Trouble). Now here was where I wasn't sure what to do. I usually make cards with small images and use this layout. I was hoping I could make it work. And by turning it sideways I was able to make it work. Though the opening should have been moved the the right side a bit more but you didn't notice that until I told you, did you?  

To do the openings, I added a little bit of double sided tape in the area I was going to punch out.  First I used my 1-1/4" circle punch. I set the two pieces all the way into the punch. I looked on each side to make sure it was lined up equally and then I punched both out at the same time.

Then I took the DSP and added a scrap piece of copier paper behind it and punched out a ring using the 1-3/8" circle punch.  Then I taped the two pieces together.  

The frog was stamped using black Memento ink on a 2" x 2" piece of scrap Whisper White card stock. I colored him in using both light and dark Granny Apple Green Blender pens. I set the image in place using Dimensionals around the back of the circle. I lined up the frog and stuck it to the layers.

Dimensionals were added to the back of the Mossy Meadow piece and it was set in place on top of the Whisper White piece.

The words were printed on my computer. I used the "AgencyFB font at size 12.  I printed it out on Whisper White card stock. I cut it to 1-3/4" x 2-3/4".  I cut a Granny Apple Green piece for the layer that measured 1-7/8" x 2-7/8".  I added Dimensionals to the back and set it in place on the front of the card.  The words on the card are:

May the light always find you

on a dreary day.

When you need to be home

may you find your way.

May you always have courage

to take a chance,

and never find frogs

in your underpants.

- Irish Blessing

Funny, huh? See why I just had to make a card with it?  I think it's SO funny.  Not too sure who I am going to send it to but I think I would use it to cheer someone up.

Thank you SO much for taking your time to stop by today and have a look and hopefully a laugh,      Wanda


Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Sailing Home, Itty Bitty Greetings, Masculine Sympathy Card


Today I had to put aside my new stamp sets and play with some older ones to make a masculine sympathy card.  It's sad to have to make these so often lately.

This card is like a card within a card.  I had to put some thought into putting it together and cutting the pieces. You will have it easier as I will be giving you the measurements.  

The base of the card is a quarter sheet of Basic Black card stock, 4-1/4" x 5-1/2". 

I cut a piece of Misty Moonlight card stock that measured 8" x 5-1/4". I scored and folded it at 4" on the long side. Folded it measures 4" x 5-1/4".  

The Whisper White piece on the inside measures 7-1/4" x 4-7/8".  This piece was folded at 5-7/8" on the long side. Now if you don't trust yourself with writing inside a card, you may want to do your writing first and then the stamping and sponging.  I didn't and I was a bit nervous but I did get it written nicely without having to start over.  Many times when I make cards I don't add the inside piece until I've written on it.

The first thing I did was got some Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "World of Good" 12" x 12" paper pack.  I cut it 3-5/8" x 4-7/8". I also cut a piece of copper foil paper at 3-3/4" x 5".  I lined the two pieces up and added a small bit of tape to the center area where the circle was to be cut out.  I used the 2-7/16" circle and cut both out at the same time.  Then I took the DSP and the next size larger circle and die cut it. That circle measured 2-11/16".  I separated the two pieces and I set the foil piece on top of the front of the card and I lined it up so I could cut it out. Once the circles were cut out I taped the foil and DSP together and then taped those two to the front of the card.

I took a piece of Whisper White card stock, I set it inside the card where it was to go and I lightly traced the circle so I would know were to sponge.  Now remember the fold of this piece is on the right side, not the left like "normal" cards are done. I sponged on some Misty Moonlight in the water area and a little in the upper part of the sky. Then I sponged on some Daffodil Delight just above the water level and then I sponged on some Melon Mambo above the Daffodil Delight and a bit into it.  I thought the sky could use a bit more color so I added a little bit more.

The sail boat is from the "Sailing Home" set and I used Misty Moonlight ink to stamp it. I die cut it with the matching die.

The words are from the "Itty Bitty Greetings" set and were stamped using Misty Moonlight ink. I die cut them using the die that came with the "Sailing Home" set. I love it when there's fun word border dies in the sets. The words were stamped on a scrap piece of Whisper White.  

To assemble the card you will be taking the Misty Moonlight piece and taping it to the Basic Black piece. 

The Whisper White piece was added next (oh and don't forget to erase those pencil marks once the ink is dry).  Make sure you tape it onto the inside of the Misty Moonlight piece but with the fold on the outside. This card opens from left to right on the front and then from right to left on the inside.  

After taping the Whisper White piece in, I closed the card and added the sail boat using Dimensionals. 

The word piece was added using Dimensionals and the card was ready to write in.  

I do like how it turned out. It's prefect for a masculine sympathy card.

I apologize for how the photos are laid out. I have been having trouble getting them to be under each other and have the words all the way to the top. But it doesn't change the message of the post! 

Thank you SO very much for taking your time today to stop by and have a look,                                    Wanda

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Oh Snap, Children's Birthday Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

I bought the "Oh Snap" set thinking the granddaughters would like to play with it but they weren't interested. UGH.  So I went on the internet to see what others were doing with it.  I found a fun card here and did a "pick and choose" from it to come up with my card. 

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black card stock.  I die cut the scalloped circle and scalloped oval before I taped that piece down on my card.

I took a 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Old Olive card stock and I stamped the feet alligator feet on it using Old Olive ink.  Then I taped it to the Basic Black piece.

The words are from the "Oh Snap" set and I stamped the "Oh Snap" using Old Olive ink and the "It's your birthday" using black Memento ink on Whisper White card stock.  I die cut the "Oh Snap" using the smallest stitched circle die and the "It's your birthday" was stamped using the smallest stitched oval die. 

I stamped the alligator and bird on a piece of Whisper White card stock and I fussy cut both of them out. Yup, I fussy cut them!!! A tip on cutting all those teeth: I cut straight across on the top (tips) of the teeth and then went back and snipped the right side and then the left side and the little triangles between the teeth fell off. Some stuck a little bit but they were easy to pull off.  Here's another tip for fussy cutting: I am not perfect at my fussy cutting and sometimes I see white on the edges. When I am all done with my coloring, I will use a black marker and with my card stock on the belly of the marker, I will run it along the edge and color in the white. Then it makes it look like you are the best fussy cutter every!!!  I didn't get enough black under the alligators chin but for the most part I got the bulk of it.  I colored the alligator in using the light Old Olive Blends pen and then I added a little bit from the dark pen on the belly and under the chin and the spikes on the back. I colored over the dark using the light pen again.  I set the alligator in using Dimensionals. I cut some very thin to help support the jaw.

The bird was colored in using the light and dark Daffodil Delight Blends pens.  I also added a line of Old Olive between the legs because the white card stock showed through and I didn't want to fussy cut it there. I wanted to be sure the legs would stay intact!  LOL

I taped the "Oh Snap" in place and the "It's your birthday" was set in place using Dimensionals. I also added a Dimensional to the bird. I glued his feet to the top part of the  oval. I didn't want them loose and there was no way I could add a Dimensional there at all, there's not enough space.  

I had some googly eyes so I thought I'd give the alligator some eyes.  He looked like he needed to see what he was doing.  LOL  

I'm pleased with the way it turned out. I have very little children's cards. I will be playing with this set again but not for a few days. I'm going to have to think on it for a while. I am having regrets getting it because the girls didn't think it was a fun set.  I love the bird and there's a frog in there too I will have to see what I can come up with using him.

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop by today and have a look,                                    Wanda

Monday, January 18, 2021

Sweet Ice Cream, Daisy Lane, Flowers & Fields, Thank You Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

I saw this pretty card on Pinterest and thought I'd give it a try. I love daisies and there was just something about this card that I was drawn to. I has a calm sweet look to it. You can see the original card here.  There is a link to a video that you can follow along to make the card. I found the video helpful but yet was not thrilled with it because it had been streamed live and there's a lot of "hello's" to people watching and commenting. I like to watch videos that are just instructions. I don't have a lot of time for the chat. I did fast forward through a lot of it.  I will give you the measurements if you prefer not to watch the video.  You can see the original card here.  

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Basic Black card stock.  On top of the front of the card is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Crushed Curry. I did not have the Honeybee card stock that is used in the original card.  On top of that is a piece of Granny Apple Green that was cut 3-7/8" x 5-1/4" and textured with the "Old World Paper" embossing folder. I took a quarter sheet of the card stock and embossed it first and then I cut it to size. Sometimes embossing can make the piece smaller.  I have learned that the hard way so now I always emboss first and then cut. I glued that piece in place because I find that tape doesn't hold well because you don't get a solid surface contact with the textured piece.

Next the Basic Black piece on top was cut 3-1/4" x 4-1/4". And the Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Flowers & Fields" 12" x 12" paper pack. It was cut 3" x 3".  I set the piece on top of the small Basic Black piece to see where the words should go. On the original card the words were moved over to the right a bit. I forgot to do that. But you can still see it's a Thank You card so it worked out fine.  I stamped the words from the "Sweet Ice Cream" set (there's a lot of nice sized words in that set with pretty fonts) and I used Versa Mark to stamp them. Then I sprinkled on white embossing powder and heat set it.

Then the DSP was taped in place. I didn't have the Bumblebee ribbon so I used some retired ribbon I had. I love using some of my retired stuff but I just can't seem to use it up. And when you're cutting it 3-1/2" at a time it will take a VERY long time to use it up!!! LOL  So I cut the left side straight and the right side at an angle and when I was done the piece measured 3-1/2". I taped it along the edge of the DSP so I could get it straight.

The Basic Black panel with the DSP on it was then set in place on the front of the card using Dimensionals.  

The flower is from the "Daisy Lane" set. Balmy Blue ink (stamped off once) was used to stamp the small flower, twice. Then it was put together in a way I've never put a two piece daisy together. The Dimensional was set on top of the flower and then the next piece was set on top. I found it a little bit more difficult to line up but once I got it lined up it gave it a fun look.  I may have to try that again sometime.  

I did not use a heart for the center of the daisy, I just punched a 3/8" circle.  I glued the circle in place.  Then I glued the flower in place.

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock was added to the inside of the card and the card was done.

This was a fun card to make and I'm pleased with how mine turned out.

Thank you SO very much for taking the time to stop by and have a look today,                                      Wanda

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Art Gallery, Harvest Hello, Teacher Notebook/Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

The granddaughters were here today and will soon be going back to school so we thought it would be fun to make their teachers a gift.  You want to think of something that is useful because they get so many trinkets and coffee mugs, which are useful but can become quite a collection after the years. So we decided a notebook would be fun.  Especially in an age where everyone just keeps their notes on their phones!!!  Oh well, it's the thought, right?  I still use paper, notebooks and my phone for keeping notes. I don't think paper has gone out of style yet!

This could easily be a card and almost any card can be turned into a notebook.

The 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" layer is Gorgeous Grape card stock.  On top of that is a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Highland Heather card stock. Those two pieces were taped together and then set aside.

The flower from the "Art Gallery" set was stamped on Whisper White card stock using Highland Heather first and the with the highlight stamp Gorgeous Grape ink was used.  The center was stamped using Black Berry Bliss but it didn't show up very well so black Memento ink was stamped on top of that. I thought it might be too dark but it turned out rather well.

The stem/leaves image was stamped using Old Olive ink on Whisper White card stock and then they were die cut out along with the flower piece at the same time. 

A 3-3/4" x 5" piece of Whisper White card stock was cut for the front of the book (card).  The flower and stem piece were set on top of the piece to see where the words will go. The words are from the "Harvest Hellos" set and were stamped using Gorgeous Grape ink.   

After the words were added the stem piece was set in place with glue. I thought about using tape but being it is on something that could be handled every day or put in a bag or purse, it would fair better being glued on. Once the stem was in place the flower was added using Dimensionals.  I thought that flat would fair better but it didn't look as pretty. So the Dimensionals popped it up and added some depth to the front.  Perhaps it could be placed in a bag or purse with the cover folded back to expose a blank page ready for some wording! 

Once the flowers were added that piece was taped to the front of the piece.  Then the holes were punched in it.  I also took one of the white pieces of shirt board thickness cardboard from a pack of Designer Series Paper and cut it to 4" x 5-1/4".  I also punched holes in it too.  I took some white standard copier paper and cut it into fourths. I punched holes in them too. I have a RubiCoil machine I bought back in 2000 that I've used to make notebooks and TONS of cookbooks (that I sold at craft fairs). That machine has been used beyond belief. I did have to replace a spring on it because it wore out and broke.  Simple enough to so and not very expensive to repair a machine that is still being used in my workroom.  Anyway, after punching the paper, I put the cardboard piece on the back, the papers in the middle and the card stock on top. I took a coil and hand fed it through the notebook.  There is a machine that does that too but I don't own it. Back when I got the punch that other machine was $500 and I figured I could hand feed it and save myself a lot of money. I still have no need for that other machine, just my RubiCoil.  I got mine here and I have been very pleased with this company. I buy my coils from them and other office supplies. They have always done right by me and I continue to shop there. Especially the black Friday deals!!  Back to the notebook. Once the coil was thread through, I cut the end and took a chain nose pliers and curved the end inward and a bit under the previous coil so it wasn't sticking up to poke anyone or get caught on anything. I repeated that for the other end and the notebook was done.  I think the girls did a great job stamping (the Stamparatus helped out a lot with that) and they felt proud to be giving this to their teachers.

These were fun to make and they do make great gifts.

Thank you SO very much for taking the time today to stop by and have a look at my latest creation.    Wanda


Saturday, January 16, 2021

Art Gallery, Thinking of You Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

I think this "Art Gallery" is my new favorite stamp set. I love how versatile it is. You can use this set for a birthday card, wedding, anniversary, thank you, thinking of you, get well, Mother's Day and even a sympathy card.  Now if you have a set that will cover all those occasions you've got a gem. I'm glad I bought this set. It's easy to use and it's fun.

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Mossy Meadow card stock. This card opens on the right and the fold is on the left. 

I stamped the main flower from the "Art Gallery" set using Mossy Meadow ink. I only stamped around the edges of the front of the card base.

I cut a 3-3/8" x 4-5/8" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the Neutrals 6" x 6" paper stack. I am not fond of the images on the papers in those packs but of them all, this is my favorite.

I cut a 2-7/8" x 4-1/8" piece of Whisper White card stock for the focal piece.  

The same flower that was used on the card base was used for the main flower. I stamped it using Melon Mambo ink that was stamped off once.  I stamped it directly onto the focal piece.  Then I repeated this on a separate piece of Whisper White card stock for the die cut flower.  Then I lined up the detail stamp and inked it up using Melon Mambo ink without stamping off.  I repeated that for the one on the separate piece of card stock.  Then I die cut the flower out.

The stem/leaves image was stamped using Mossy Meadow ink. It was stamped directly on the focal piece.

The die cut flower was set in place using Dimensionals.

The words are from the same set and were stamped on a scrap piece of Whisper White using black Memento ink. They were die cut using the die in the bundle. I love it that the words also have their own framed die cut.  No hunting for a die that will fit.

And I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the inside of the card and the card was done.  Isn't it pretty?

Thank you SO very much for taking your time today to stop by and have a look,                                    Wanda

Friday, January 15, 2021

Sweet Ice Cream, Birthday Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog, Shaker Card Technique

I wanted to play with the "Art Gallery" set again but I thought I should wait a day. I could make cards for weeks using that set and then the other sets I bought would be ignored.  I always say that I hope it ends up in the next catalog, and some do but even when they do I hardly play with them again because I ordered new stuff.  UGH!!!  I have started putting some of my retired sets in my web store, I need to get them out of here to make room for the new stuff I have. My workroom is full and they must go! Look to the right where it reads "My Secure Web Store".  But check back often because it takes me a while to list an item, it's not a quick process. You take photos, write up a description, then you need to put it in an envelope and weigh it. The dimensionals and weight need to be added in the store, the postage part needs to be attached to the post office, photos for the post and gallery have to be in check, plus other things I tend to forget and then it doesn't post so I have to go through it all again!!!  But I eventually get it in there!!!  Goal met!

Okay, onto today's card. I chose to play with the new "Sweet Ice Cream" set and the fun "Ice Cream Corner" Designer Series Paper (DSP).  I rarely bought the DSP that go with the sets because I have tons of DSP but sometimes I just have to. I still have some DSP left from the last time Stampin' Up! had an ice cream cone set. I don't remember what it was called. I probably still have that one too.  Slowly but surely they will end up in my web store.  

First I took a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock and I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Blackberry Bliss to it.  Then I took two different designs of DSP and cut them to 4" x 5-1/4". I cut them that size because I didn't want to ruin my sheet of DSP by cutting odd sizes.  Then I trimmed the DSP to 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" before I cut both pieces at the same time along the diagonal.  You could make two cards with this. I will probably make another card with the pieces but not another shaker card. Maybe!

I taped the DSP to the Blackberry Bliss piece.  Now cutting the pieces together made nice clean lines do I didn't need to hide them with ribbon or card stock.  

I took my oval dies and used the 4th largest scalloped one for the bottom layer. I die cut it from a piece of Whisper White card stock.  I stamped the words from the "Kangaroo & Company" set using black Memento ink. I needed some smaller wording than what came in the "Sweet Ice Cream" set. I wanted to keep it a birthday theme. The Happy Birthday in the set is beautiful but it's too big for my card.  

Next I die cut a oval using Whisper White card stock and the 4th largest plain oval. I also die cut a clear piece using that same die. Then I die cut the Whisper White oval again using the next smaller oval so I had an oval frame.

I glued the window piece to the frame piece. Than I added foam strips all around enclose the circle. 

The cute confetti type pieces are the new "Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles".  Aren't they cute?  I had tons of other things I could have added but these were just too stinking cute to pass up.  So when I was ready to put the frame on the scalloped oval piece, I put my sprinkles down on the scalloped piece, in the center. you want to make sure the pieces are laying there flat. They are just a little too tall and if they are standing on end, they will be stuck in place. I had to run a toothpick under the foam tape and try to get them to lay down.  Once that was done, I pressed the foam tape firmly to the card stock to make sure it would stick forever!!!  Then I glued the oval piece to the front of the card.

I stamped the cone using Cajun Craze ink because I do not have any Cinnamon Cider ink.  Though I thought I might have a cube of it but if I do, I don't know where it is. Well, I kind of know where it might be but I don't want go to digging!!  Stuff falls over when I do that.  LOL I stamped the lines on the cone using Soft Suede ink.

The ice cream was stamped using Bermuda Bay ink and the dots were also done using Bermuda Bay ink. I added tape to the back of the ice cream and stuck the cone to it. Then I set it on top of the oval for placement. I marked the area lightly with a pencil, though you could mark it with anything as long as you mark further inside so it won't show. I added glue to the oval between my pencil marks and then I set the ice cream cone in place. I slipped a couple of Dimensionals under the ice cream where I thought it could use some support.  And the card was done.

These shaker cards take a bit more time to make than a regular layered card but it was SO worth it. I think it turned out great. 

Thank you SO very much for taking your time to stop  by and have a look today,
Wanda

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Art Gallery, Birthday Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Spring Catalog

I got my Stampin' Up! order today and I couldn't wait to play with the new stuff.  I found a pretty card on Pinterest that used the new "Art Gallery" and I found this one. There was no link to any blog for instructions so here is how I made it.

The base of the card is a folded half-sheet of Melon Mambo. 

A 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Basic Black card stock was taped to the front of the card.

The 3-7/8" x 5-1/8" piece of Whisper White piece was textured using the "Subtle" embossing folder. This folder makes the card stock look like linen.  I taped that to the Basic Black piece.

To make the flowers I stamped them on Whisper White card stock. I used Melon Mambo ink and stamped off once for the main part of the large flower and then I stamped with full ink on the second part of the flower. This flower has two pieces.  Then for the smaller flower I just stamped I inked it up and stamped it and then stamped it again with out inking it up again so I had a light one and a dark one. 

The stem/leaves were stamped using Old Olive ink. I stamped them the same way as the smaller flower. I inked up the image, stamped it once and then stamped another one without inking the image again. 

Now here's the great part with this set, it came in a bundle and that means that it has matching dies to it so I didn't have to do any fussy cutting.  I die cut all the pieces.

The words are from the same set and were stamped using black Memento ink. I die cut them with the rectangle image in the dies. 

To assemble, I taped the dark stem down first. Then the large flower was added using Dimensionals.

The dark small flower was taped to the front of the card. I took the light flower and the light stem/leaves and I taped them together.  I added Dimensionals to the pieces and I set them in place on the card. 

I added Dimensionals to the word piece and set it in place below the stems. 

A linen bow was made and added using glue. I used three strands of linen to make the pretty bow. I usually have trouble tying bows but this time I just made a loop with my right hand and one with my left and then tied the two together. I usually make a loop and wrap the other end around the loop and pull it through. This two loops was interesting but it turned out a lot more evenly than how I'd been doing it since I learned to tie shoes. (and that was MANY years ago LOL).  

I thought the card could use a little sparkle so I added some Wink of Stella to the flowers.

Once the glue was set I added a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock to the inside and the card was done.

This was a very easy and pretty card to make and I do like how it turned out.

Thank you SO much for taking the time today to stop by and have a look,
Wanda

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Darling Donkeys, Birthday Card, 2021 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration

I have always liked the "Polaroid" technique and this set is perfect for it. 

The base of my card is a folded half-sheet of Whisper White card stock.  I cut a 4" x 5-1/4" piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the "Oh So Ombre" 6" x 6" paper stack and taped it to the card base. 

Next I cut a 3" x 3-3/4" piece of Whisper White for the Polaroid frame. I also cut a 2-3/4" x 3-1/2" piece of Whisper White for the back of the Polaroid piece. 

I die cut a 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" square from the 3" x 3-3/4" Polaroid piece. Line up the top and sides and then die cut the square. You can use this square to stamp on if you want. I like to have a whiter background. When using the square you die cut out, you will see the DSP from the inside if you don't line it up perfectly. So I just play it safe and cut my card stock a bit smaller than the Polaroid piece.

The words are from the "Darling Donkeys" set and I stamped them using black Memento ink on the Polaroid piece.

I stamped the donkey from the "Darling Donkeys" set using black Memento ink and I colored it in using Blends Pens. I  used light and dark Crumb Cake, Light Real Red for the flower, light Blushing Bride for the muzzle, light Flirty Flamingo for the inside of the ears and Bronze for the tail and hair.

I sponged on some Bermuda Bay ink on the background. I added Dimensionals to the Polaroid piece and pressed it on top of the donkey piece.  I taped this to the front of the card and the card was done.  

This was a very quick and easy card to make. And the donkey is pretty darn cute too!

Thank you SO very much for taking the time to stop by and take a look today,
Wanda